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Scientists uncover ‘God’s bathtub’

The waters of Blue Lake are reportedly unaffected by modern climate changes. (University of Adelaide)


By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News

Imagine a lake that's never been affected by climate change or any other man-made influences. Australian scientists say they have found just that—a remote lake whose crystal-clear waters seem to be in the same chemical state as they were about 7,500 years ago.

"It's like God's bathtub," Dr. Cameron Barr told the Australian Associated Press of the body of water now named Blue Lake. "It is beautiful. It is absolutely beautiful."

Barr and his team of researchers from the University of Adelaide say the lake—one of the largest on North Stradbroke Island off the south Queensland coast, according to the AAP—is so pure that you can see more than 30 feet below the surface to its bottom.

"It appears that Blue Lake has been an important climate 'refuge' for the freshwater biota of the region, and is in the same condition now as it was 7,500 years ago," Barr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Barr, who published his findings in the current issue of Freshwater Biology, said it's the only such lake of its kind known to be in Australia. ...more

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